Quincy "free pass" Pondexter
If someone were to get by with a "free pass" for the Washington Huskies' lousy season so far, it'd have to be senior forward Quincy Pondexter. Through his first three years in the program, Pondexter was slammed by teammates, coaches and even NBA scouts for underachieving. He stands at 6'6", 215-pounds and athletic as one can be, but he never seemed to put it all together; that was until this season. The Huskies came in with hype and a Top-25 ranking, but have fell off the charts in their non-conference schedule and continue to struggle amongst the lifeless teams of the Pac 10. But can we really blame Quincy Pondexter? Can we hold him personally accountable? This season he is averaging career-highs in: minutes, points, rebounds, steals, blocks, field goal percentage and free-throw percentage. His scoring is up nearly eight per game to 20.3 points, while his rebounding rate is up two rebounds to 8 rebounds a night. With the departure of Jon Brockman to graduation (and the NBA draft), Washington lost a major piece of their production and leadership. Pondexter has picked up more than his fair share, while his teammates continually drop the ball in crunch time.
By Corey Ruff - President - 1-22-10